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July 1, 2020 Update on COVID-19 in Greenwich
Here is an update from First Selectman Fred Camillo on the Town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the Town is continuing to address various issues and concerns as we reopen Town facilities and activities as allowed by Gov. Ned Lamont’s Executive Orders.
As of today, there are 836 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greenwich Health Department Director Caroline Baisley. That represents 12 more than reported a week ago on June 24.
According to Ms. Baisley, there is concern that the most recent cases in Greenwich have been in the 20-40-year-old age group. While the State is allowing for outdoor gatherings of 25 people, and indoor dining in restaurants, it is imperative that residents remember that face masks NEED to be worn when social distancing of six feet is not possible. Frequent hand-washing is advised.
Greenwich Hospital reports that today, Wednesday, July 1, there are not any COVID-19 positive patients being treated in the Hospital. So far, 583 patients have been discharged from the Hospital and continue their recuperation at home. This is the first time since March 13 that Greenwich Hospital has not had a COVID-positive patient.
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, 50 Greenwich residents have died from the COVID-19 virus, as of Tuesday, June 30.
With the Fourth of July holiday weekend upon us, we want to provide residents some public health guidelines for residents who are planning events.
If you’re attending or hosting a barbecue:
Whether you are heading to the beach, a pool, or dining out, WEAR YOUR MASK and stay at least six feet apart from those not in your household. Bring your own disinfectant wipes to clean shared chairs or pool toys.
And if you or your holiday guests are traveling from one of the 14 states that have been identified as high infection rate states, Connecticut has issued an advisory that you must self-quarantine for 14 days. A negative COVID-19 test result does not mean the quarantine advisory can be ignored as the incubation period can last up to 10 or more days.
Parking Enforcement to be Reinstated
The collection of all Town of Greenwich parking related fees will be reinstated, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020. Metered locations are enforced Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. During these timeframes, parking on Greenwich Avenue and other locations, as posted, is limited to two-hour sessions. Those needing to park for longer durations are encouraged to use one of the many long-term / 12-hour parking lots situated throughout Town.
Parks & Recreation updates
The pool at Byram Park is now OPEN for swimming. There is reduced capacity for pool admissions to ensure social distancing on the pool deck.
Ferry service to Island Beach and Great Captain’s Island resumed on Monday, June 29. There will be hourly service, daily, to Island Beach. The ferry to Great Captain’s Island will follow the schedule that was previously published on the Town website.Residents are reminded to plan ahead as there will be reduced capacity on all ferries so that social distancing protocols can be followed. Please bring a face mask not only for your protection but for that of your fellow Town residents and for Town employees. For ferry schedule updates, residents may call 203-618-7672.
Hours extended for dining establishments
First Selectman Fred Camillo and Town Planner Katie DeLuca worked with the Governor’s office and have announced that dining establishments with outdoor dining permits may extend hours of operation. Permitted establishments may remain open until11:00 p.m. all week long.
Other resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:
For questions, contact Barbara.Heins@greenwichct.org.